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3/3/2015 - Bridgeport, Conn. Closer to Universal Pre-K with 60 New Seats from Gov. Malloy

“As a father, and as mayor of our state’s largest city, I’ve seen firsthand how tough it is for kids who don’t have pre-k access. And research is clear: If kids aren’t reading at the level they should be by third grade, they’re less likely to graduate. That’s why pre-k access for all kids in Bridgeport is so important, and I want to thank Gov. Malloy for his commitment to helping us get to universal pre-k access in our state’s largest city.” – Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch

Bridgeport, Conn. (March 3, 2015) – This week, Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch applauded Gov. Malloy for announcing that 60 new pre-k seats are coming to the state’s largest city.

“As a father, and as mayor of our state’s largest city, I’ve seen firsthand how tough it is for kids who don’t have pre-k access. And research is clear: If kids aren’t reading at the level they should be by third grade, they’re less likely to graduate. That’s why pre-k access for all kids in Bridgeport is so important, and I want to thank Gov. Malloy for his commitment to helping us get to universal pre-k access in our state’s largest city.”

The announcement was part of Gov. Malloy’s larger installment of more than $3.5 million in state funding for pre-k being awarded to fourteen towns and cities across Connecticut.

Click here for Gov. Malloy’s official press release on the new pre-k seats: http://1.usa.gov/1B2QzC6.

This week’s news means that the Park City has received a total of 366 new pre-k seats from the federal and state government over the past year.

Last year, Mayor Finch advocated for a bill, which was passed by the state legislature and signed into law by Gov. Malloy, resulting in Bridgeport receiving 126 new pre-k seats.

In December, the federal government announced that 180 additional pre-k seats would be coming to the state’s largest city.

And, with today’s announcement, that will bring the total amount of pre-k seats available to kids in Bridgeport to 3,848.

Here’s a breakdown of pre-k seats in the Park City:

Pre-K Seats – Bridgeport, Conn. Breakdown


BOE slots excluding school readiness

497

BOE School Readiness Slots

466

School Readiness Community Site Slots

1,257

Federally/State Subsidized Head Start Slots

844

Six to Six Magnet

36

New Beginnings Charter School

42

New Federal Grant

180

New Smart Start

60

Parochial School Enrollment

65

Small to Tall Greek Church

41

Sugar Plum Pre-K

35

Other Non-School Readiness Community Sites

325

Total # of Pre-K Seats

3,848